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SECDEF Carter Shows Off Carrier Eisenhower to Indian MoD Delegation Amidst Increasing Defense Cooperation

SECDEF Carter Shows Off Carrier Eisenhower to Indian MoD Delegation Amidst Increasing Defense Cooperation

Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar (left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (center) observe flight operations on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar (left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (center) observe flight operations on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

ONBOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER — In a blast of rotor wash from a Marine MV-22 Osprey, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar came aboard one of the largest and most technical expressions of American power projection — a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Read More

Three Carrier Swap To Complete When USS George Washington Arrives In Norfolk Next Week

Three Carrier Swap To Complete When USS George Washington Arrives In Norfolk Next Week

Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters from the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, prepare to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it transits the Strait of Magellan on Nov. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.

Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters from the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 prepare to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it transits the Strait of Magellan on Nov. 1, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s historic three-carrier swap will be completed next week when USS George Washington (CVN-73) arrives in Norfolk. Read More

Video: Navy Gets Creative in Spirit Spots Ahead of Army-Navy Game

Video: Navy Gets Creative in Spirit Spots Ahead of Army-Navy Game

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson appears, light saber in hand, to save the day ahead of the 2015 Army-Navy football game.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson appears, lightsaber in hand, to save the day ahead of the 2015 Army-Navy football game.

As the Navy’s tally of consecutive wins over Army has increased, so too has the Navy’s excitement leading up to the annual football game.

This year’s “spirit spots” are more numerous than ever, and even the Midshipmen’s uniforms have gotten a boost in Navy pride. Read More

Video: Navy, MDA, Japan Host Second Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Live Fire Test

Video: Navy, MDA, Japan Host Second Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Live Fire Test

The U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Japan Ministry of Defense tested the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA at Point Mugu Sea Range on Dec. 8, 2015. Missile Defense Agency photo.

The U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Japan Ministry of Defense tested the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA at Point Mugu Sea Range on Dec. 8, 2015. Missile Defense Agency photo.

The Navy conducted a shore-based live-fire test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor this week in coordination with the Missile Defense Agency and Japan Ministry of Defense. Read More

Essay: Taking Distributed Lethality to the Next Level

Essay: Taking Distributed Lethality to the Next Level

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) left,the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) on Feb. 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) left,the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) on Feb. 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

The evolving Distributed Lethality (DL) concept ––announced last year –– offers a new approach for how the nation might use its naval surface forces as potential adversaries acquire naval capabilities designed to control the sea. Read More

Aegis Ashore Scores in First Intercept Test

Aegis Ashore Scores in First Intercept Test

Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Complex in Devesulu, Romania. MDA Photo

Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Complex in Devesulu, Romania. MDA Photo

Aegis Ashore ground-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) system scored its first successful intercept from its Hawaiian test location, the Missile Defense Agency announced on Thursday. Read More

Marine MV-22B Osprey Suffers Landing Mishap on USS New Orleans; No Injuries Reported

Marine MV-22B Osprey Suffers Landing Mishap on USS New Orleans; No Injuries Reported

An MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) off the coast of Southern California on Nov. 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

An MV-22 Osprey from Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) off the coast of Southern California on Nov. 3, 2015. US Navy Photo

No one was injured when an MV-22B tiltrotor aircraft with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a “landing mishap” on the deck of transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman said Wednesday night. Read More

Coast Guard To Finalize Icebreaker Acquisition Strategy By Spring; Production By 2020

Coast Guard To Finalize Icebreaker Acquisition Strategy By Spring; Production By 2020

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10). US Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard intends to develop an acquisition strategy for its heavy endurance icebreaker program by the spring and reach production-related activities by 2020, after President Barack Obama announced in September that the United States should accelerate the icebreaker program to support increased activity in the Arctic. Read More

Panel: Anticipated U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Strain Relations With Beijing

Panel: Anticipated U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Strain Relations With Beijing

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

The Taiwanese presidential elections next month — with a change in party control expected and the likely announcement of a new billion-dollar U.S. arms sale to Taipei — will not only “send a signal to Beijing” but likely will, in the short run, increase tensions between Washington and the People’s Republic of China, a panel of experts on the region said Wednesday. Read More